WHO provided nearly 1,000 people with essential medical care in Sirimon village, Central Equatoria State – South Sudan

March 30, 2022

To increase access to much-needed health services and improve the health status of displaced people and host communities in the hard-to-reach villages of Sirimon and Kuda in Central Equatoria State in South Sudan South, the World Health Organization (WHO) has deployed an emergency mobile medical team to provide integrated mobile medical services to save lives.

The team conducted medical consultations over an eight-day period and reached nearly 1,000 people with much-needed medical attention. The village of Sirimon, located about 50 kilometers northwest of the capital Juba, is one of the most conflict-affected areas in Central Equatoria State and has seen a series of mass displacements since 2016 .

“The huge population of displaced people we are currently hosting has resulted in overcrowding which has led to epidemics of malaria and pneumonia and other conditions such as pregnancy related complications, neonatal tetanus, typhoid, among others,” said Mr. Michael Sadad Lodu Lokite, Paramount Chief (Chief) of Dollo Payam. “We are very grateful for the role WHO continues to play in supporting our government and our people. The arrival of the mobile medical team has brought relief to many residents.”

In South Sudan, access to basic and secondary health services remains a major problem. The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with WHO and its partners, is putting in place the necessary short- and long-term measures to solve these problems.

The mobile medical team, comprised of clinicians, nurses and public health workers, has also pre-positioned life-saving drugs and medical supplies, including Interagency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK) core module drugs. , additional IEHK malaria modules, IEHK 2017 core malaria modules, pneumonia and cholera kits. community-based drug kit modules at Primary Health Care Units (PHCUs) in Sirimon and Kuda to treat an additional 1,000 people living in conflict-affected areas over the next three months.

Dr Fabian Ndenzako, Acting WHO Representative for South Sudan, said: “The ongoing humanitarian crises in South Sudan have led to severe disruptions in the delivery of health services in hard-to-reach places. , leading to unnecessary deaths from preventable diseases and leaving people in these areas in despair.”

“However, WHO will continue to work with partners to support the Ministry of Health in identifying and addressing underlying risk factors,” Dr Ndenzako added.

In addition, the team assessed the functionality of health facilities in areas hosting conflict-affected IDPs as well as Rokon PHCC, the only primary health center closer to IDPs, to identify gaps and weaknesses. challenges impeding the provision of seamless services to IDPs. as host communities.

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